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Jan 26 2011

Fishbone’s ‘Everyday Sunshine’ documentary

FishboneI seem to be on a late 80′s kick at the moment and one of my favourite bands as the the 80′s turned into the 90′s was Fishbone. I saw them at least twice but missed their legendary Astoria gig where Angelo jumped off the balcony because my girlfriend at the time decided to dump me that day. One of life’s big regrets. Seems they’ve been around for 25 years now and, even though their recorded output fell off by the mid 90′s, they still hold a place in my heart.

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A new documentary is doing the rounds called ‘Everyday Sunshine’ – named after possibly their biggest hit – and you can see how influential they were at the time by the names cropping up to pay homage. Chuck D, Flea, Ice T, Perry Farrell, George Clinton, Les Claypool and, er… Tim Robbins and Gwen Stefani (!). Fair enough on Gwen, No Doubt were a ska band before they hit the big time. Anyway, the trailer looks very promising, Larry Fishburne narrates (nice touch) and let’s hope they get the dues they deserve after all these years. There’s a full website devoted to the doc and the DVD should be out late summer.

Also, does anyone remember an early 90′s TV show with David Rappaport called ‘Beyond the Groove’? I think it only ran for one series and it was a music show fashioned as a road movie of sorts. David would drive around and meet people or find himself in different situations and bands or artists would appear and do their thing. Fishbone once featured at the end of one episode when David drove into a deserted outdoor film lot, the screen flickers into life and you see the band doing a live version of ‘Behaviour Control Technician’ from their (at that time unreleased) ‘Reality of My Surroundings’ LP. I had it on videotape for years and tried to find it recently but it had been taped over! Nothing on YouTube, in fact very little about the show at all, if someone has a copy of it, I’d love to see it, likewise their performance of ‘Fishbone Is Red Hot’ on the Big World Café programme.

And here’s the ‘Beyond the Groove‘ clip courtesy of Matt Davies (see comments below), thanks so much – the power of the internet!.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 9:25 pm under Film, Music. You can follow these comments using the RSS feed. You can trackback from your own site or leave a comment below..


  1. Wow, that looks great – thanks for the heads up. I saw them around ’88 – There was a balcony, but no jumping, as there really wasn’t enough people to catch a pint, let alone an Angelo – gotta love those provincial gigs – Faith No More with Chuck was a similar story, but in both cases the bands still ripped the heads off every single person that showed up – they realized how important it was :)

    Comment by Eric K on January 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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  3. awesome review about Fishbone, Video captures alot and can’t wait to see Everyday Sunshine!!!!!!

    Comment by SilverBackGirl on February 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  4. I watched this the other day it it was amaizing. Fishbones story is incredible

    Comment by Kipp on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  5. This is epic, I have heard nothing but great things about this documentary

    Comment by Nasserk215 on February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

  6. Big World Cafe (1989) – Movie…

    Big World Cafe is a Music TV Serie of 1989 made in UK. Here you can see online its cover, plot summary, cast, directors, trailers, awards and more….

    Trackback by Big World Cafe (1989) - Movie on February 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

  7. Fishbone are such survivors on their own terms!! This documentary is soo well directed and their story is told so well!! Everyone should peep this little treat!!

    Comment by CaptnFranksta on February 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm

  8. Hi.
    oddly enough, I have just uploaded the footage you mentioned from Beyond the Groove onto youtube.
    Sadly, the tracking goes bonky half way through, will have do transfer it again at some point.
    anyway, here you are….

    Comment by Matt on February 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

  9. Thanks you SO MUCH :) Really appreciate it, would love a higher quality version if you have the time, YouTube degrades it so much and with the speed they’re moving it becomes a pixellated mess. Really good to see it again though, so much energy, I saw them a couple of times around this time.

    Comment by kev on February 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm

  10. That shit is hilarious and cool. If anyone ever deserved a documentary, Fishbone does!

    Comment by Scotty on February 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  11. No probs!
    Saw them many times too,but I do think they lost a lot when Kendall Jones left.
    The infamous gig at the Astoria in London was incredible. The last time I saw them was at a Reading Festival. Disappointing, they left the stage midway through after arguing.

    Comment by Matt on March 11, 2011 at 12:59 am

  12. Hey Kev, just uploaded the Big World Cafe Fishbone video! Found it on an old tape when I went back home.

    Comment by Matt on August 19, 2012 at 4:58 am

  13. Incredible, thanks Matt, really appreciate that, such an amazing performance, must have watched it dozens of times back in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

    Comment by kev on August 19, 2012 at 9:21 am


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